Sunday, June 25, 2006

Bishop Gave Abusive Priest Time To Escape Before Contacting Police


A priest who admitted sexually abusing a 12-year-old altar boy fled to Mexico after his bishop failed to immediately report the confession to authorities, a law enforcement official said.
The Rev. Xavier Ochoa was suspended April 28 after admitting to the abuse to the Roman Catholic bishop of Santa Rosa. Bishop Daniel Walsh didn't notify law enforcement until three days later, giving Ochoa time to flee, according to church and law enforcement officials.
I'm not surprised at the delay and not just because this involves Catholic priests. Like in the Duke rape case, those closest to the accused don't want to accept that those they care about or feel they know well, could be guilty of a sex crime.

Even when that person confesses.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 11:01 AM   2 comments links to this post


At June 25, 2006 2:21 PM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Hi Marcella,
It seems the victims ends up being punished more than the criminals. Your comment about people close to someone who does confess, not being able to accept guilt of those they care about is so true! Wonderful point made that is often overlooked by everyone! Thank you Marcella for reminding us!

At June 25, 2006 10:35 PM, Anonymous cooper said...

I remember back when they gave the Bishop that propagated the biggest cover- up (at the time) of the pedophilia and sexual abuse at sinecure at the Vatican. Knew it then, and it hasn't changed, these people could give a crap and it they can make it go away through other means they are not going to do anything about it.

But for god sake don't let your children masturbate...........

pathetic that people still fall for this religion crap.


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